After splitting the first two of a four-game series, the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Philadelphia Phillies in the third game Wednesday night. Clayton Kershaw, who had been pitching like the Clayton Kershaw of old over his last eight starts, took the mound for the 18th time this season and for his final outing before the All-Star break.
Kershaw was opposed by fellow left-hander Adam Morgan, who was made just the third start of his young career. Kershaw gave up a one-out single to Odubel Herrera in the top of the first, but he then got a strike out and ground out to end the inning.
Morgan struggled a bit with his control in the bottom half of the inning, issuing a one-out walk to Howie Kendrick and then hitting Justin Turner with a pitch. After Adrian Gonzalez reached on an infield single to load the bases, Morgan struck out Scott Van Slyke and got Joc Pederson to pop up to end the inning.
While the Dodgers were unable to score, Morgan needed 30 pitches to get out of the first. With one out in the top of the second Kershaw hit Carlos Ruiz with a pitch. Freddy Galvis then laid a bunt down the third base line that wound up being an infield single.
Kershaw retired the next two batters though, so no damage was done. The Dodgers did manage to breakthrough in the bottom of the second, however. Jimmy Rollins led off with a double and A.J. Ellis gave Los Angeles a lead by clubbing a two-run home run. The home run was Ellis’ first in the regular season since last September.